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Watch Katya Vlasova Climb Dry Tooling Testpiece IronMan (D14+)

Watch the Russian climber Katya Vlasova send IronMan (D14+), which is among the world’s hardest dry tooling routes. We tried to count all of the figure-fours, but lost track. Ironman, located at Eptingen in Switzerland, was first freed by by Robert Jasper in January 2012. Graded D14+, it was the hardest dry tooling route in the world at the time. Jasper then repeated the route in mixed conditions, grading that version M14. The 40-meter line combines the existing routes Superman (M13+), Batman (M12), and Winner (M11-) to move across a massive roof. Katya Vlasova first climbed Ironman in 2017, becoming both the second woman to finish the route and climb the grade after the Czech Republic’s Lucie Hrozová. Vlasova returned in 2020 to film the above video, climbing behind the flowing waterfall for her second ascent.

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